State Assembly Candidate Monica Wallace filed a formal complaint against Kristy Mazurek with the New York State Board of Elections (BOE) late Thursday. The complaint alleges that Mazurek and her campaign committee, Friends of Kristy Mazurek, failed to disclose the money she was raising and spending for her campaign, in violation of New York State Election Law.
Mazurek is a central figure in a state and federal investigation relating to similar allegations of failing to disclose campaign expenditures as treasurer of a political action committee, the WNY Progressive Caucus. That investigation is ongoing and involves corruption charges against G. Steven Pigeon, Mazurek’s longtime ally. Although Mazurek has admitted her involvement in that ongoing investigation, she has refused to answer questions about the nature and extent of her role in Pigeon’s alleged misdeeds, citing the advice of her attorney.
“This appears to be more of the same misconduct,” said Wallace. “Campaign finance disclosure laws exist to promote transparency in the political process. The public has a right to know who is giving money to a candidate and how that money is being spent. The last thing we need in this District is another politician in Albany who thinks the rules don’t apply to elected officials.”
According to the complaint, Mazurek’s belated filing reveals that she was raising and spending money for her campaign long before she registered with the Board of Elections, which is prohibited. The belated filing also shows that Mazurek accepted cash contributions in excess of the legal limit and failed to disclose other apparent expenditures.
Wallace is the endorsed Democratic candidate for the 143rd District Assembly seat, which is currently held by Conservative Angela Wozniak. Wozniak decided not to seek re-election following an ethics scandal.
The 143rd District includes the Towns of Cheektowaga and Lancaster and the Villages of Depew, Lancaster, and Sloan.